Michelle is an inspired facilitator. She is always simultaneously handling the objectives of the session, the communication process and most importantly, the people.
— Christine, Director, Health Canada
Michelle Reimer Founder & Creative Director

Michelle Reimer

Founder & Creative Director

Citizen's First was founded by Michelle Reimer in 2015, after a 23 year career in the health and public sector. Michelle's core experience is leading management teams in policy and legislation development, business planning and performance. Michelle's background is in health science and she holds professional certificates in facilitation, organizational development, public participation, conflict resolution, organizing and change leadership. Her life-long passion for social justice and human rights coupled with her facilitation skills in organizational development are the driving force behind her work at Citizens First. 

A loving wife and mother of two daughters, Michelle enjoys yoga, soccer and running.  In her spare time she volunteers as an instructor with Roots of Empathy, and is an in-school mentor with Big Brother and Big Sister's Ottawa. In 2017, Michelle was awarded the Norm McEwen In-School Mentor of the Year Award for her exceptional commitment, effort and accomplishment. For more information about Michelle's volunteer, education and career history see her LinkedIn page.


Citizens First partners with a broad network of facilitators and teachers in the field of innovation, leadership and change.  Additionally, our work is is strengthened by local and national experts. See list here.

Michelle was recognized by Samara Canada as an Everyday Political Citizen Nominee for her citizen engagement at local libraries and food banks during the 2015 federal election.